Hello! Shanna here again with a fun and festive Christmas project!!
In my house we have a tradition of a countdown advent calendar... Similar to the chocolate ones you see in stores, we like to give little treats and toys as part of the fun! I have varied in the past with a full 25 days of fun, or a simpler 12 days of counting fun. This year, for my 5 year old's first advent calendar I chose to run with the 12 days of Christmas countdown as it will be a little more simplistic for him to follow as he is autistic and the more simplified it is, the less stressed he gets.
I adored making this fun banner-style calendar with with fun and simple flair!
Here is what I used:
Distress Oxide inks in Lucky Clover, and Candied Apple
I started by stamping directly onto the scallop circles the numbers 1-12 using the BIG Numbers Stamp Set. I actually ended up embossing them in clear, but it down played the oxide colors unfortunately. Good news is my 5 year old won't be nearly as critical of them as I am!
Next was made easy peasy by utilizing the treat bags as the wrapping/holder for the goodies. We keep things small and affordable. I picked up a multi pack of trains (his fave) and some figurines from the dollar store along with a couple pencils that are helping him learn to write. Fun stuff!! I put candy in my older kids calendars sometimes to mix it up, but for this one I stuck with small toys.
I folded down the bags to close them and then sealed them using one of the awesome stickers in the SRM Stickers Live Life/Christmas Stickers set!! Super easy! I attached my numbers to the bags with some double sided tape and then strung them on the jute twine clothesline-style. I love how it turned out and will fit on our mantle perfectly this coming December!
What is a fun tradition you like to do in preparation for Christmas??
Until next time!!